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Specialty Podiatry Services

Being qualified as a podiatrist and sonographer, as well as having a Masters in Sports & Exercise Medicine it makes sense that I offer specialty treatments. These are detailed below and will be added to constantly. 

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Diagnosis: advanced tests

If there is uncertainty about the diagnosis of your problem, then it may be necessary to do other tests. These tests can either be used to look inside of the body or to isolate a structure and see if that settles the pain. 

 

Ultrasound Scans

This is a method of looking inside the body to see if there is damage or inflammation around certain structures. It is a safe method of imaging, as it uses sound waves and it can be highly effective for diagnosing fractures, torn ligaments and tendonitis.

Diagnostic Injection

Diagnostic injections work by placing local anaesthetic in or around a painful joint (or other structure) and seeing if the pain you have had disappears. 

There may be additional charges for these services.

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Ultrasound Scans
Diagnostic Injections

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy can be an excellent treatment for old injuries where the healing has stalled. 

Particularly useful for Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and bone stress injuries, shockwave therapy works by re-starting the healing process and helping to tell the body where it needs to focus the healing. 

Shockwave therapy can also be really useful as it numbs the injured area making the hours or days following treatment more comfortable. 

Shockwave therapy can also be used for acute injuries, and is used before big matches and in half-time for large international football matches.

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Shockwave Therapy
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Steroid Injections

Steroids are a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, so they can be incredibly helpful for settling conditions which are inflammatory in nature. 

Steroid injections are not without risks and so, if they are to be a part of your treatment plan, they should be used with caution. 

Steroid injections will usually be given at a separate appointment once you have been identified as a good candidate for that treatment.

 

Steroid injections may be anatomy guided or ultrasound guided. 

Steroid Injections

Gait retraining can be used for people who find that their symptoms come on whilst running. 

Following a thorough history and physical examination, you would undergo gait analysis to identify any movements that you do naturally that may be contributing to your pain. 

Gait retraining is often mistakenly thought to be a process where you are taught the way that you should run forevermore. In reality, it is very hard to train you into a new movement pattern, and so the more effective way to approach gait retraining is to see it as a way to reduce your symptoms as they come on whilst you run. 

It is possible, with targeted exercise programs, to change how you run by encouraging strengthening of muscles which assist the trained movement and, as a result, would encourage this retrained pattern to occur more naturally. 

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Gait Retraining

Gait Retraining

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